General Counsel

Michael A. Davis, General Counsel


Welcome to the School District of Philadelphia's Office of General Counsel.  The Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing, in an efficient and timely manner, high quality legal advice and representation on litigation and transactional matters affecting the School Reform Commission, the School District and the Intermediate Unit No. 26.  Specific functions include: 

  1. Representing the School District, the School Reform Commission, and District officers and employees in varied transactions and litigation;
  2. Providing legal advice and counsel to Commission members, officers and employees on a wide range of education, labor and employment, litigation and business issues;
  3. Preventing legal claims by identifying potential risks and making appropriate recommendations;
  4. Engaging and managing the services of outside counsel.  The General Counsel also serves as Assistant Secretary to the School Reform Commission.  The Office is organized into nine units by subject matter: charter school law, civil rights and tort litigation, claims, commercial litigation, labor and employment, open records (Right-to-Know law), school law, special education and transactional.








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